Placement Testing Information

English Placement Test

Incoming freshmen scoring 530 or above on the Writing section and 500 or above on the Critical Reading section of the SAT will be placed in CMP 120. Students scoring below 530 on the Writing or below 500 on the Critical Reading section of the SAT will take the mandatory English Department Placement Test to determine their placement. As in the past, students scoring 4 or above on the Departmental test will be placed in CMP 120, and those scoring 3 or below on the Departmental test will be placed in CMP 115. As in the past, the test will be comprised of a 40-minute writing prompt and will be scored by two separate readers, with a third reader called in to resolve conflicting scores.          

Reading Placement Test               

First year students with verbal SAT scores of 470 and below will be placed into the core course, Introduction to Academic Reading (CRC-101S).  Students may take a “challenge test” if they wish to attempt to test out of this reading requirement.               

Math Placement Test

Placement in some Mathematics classes and all Management Sciences classes is based upon the Mathematics score on the SAT. Business majors with an SAT-M score of 550 or greater are permitted to enroll in MSD 105. Business students with an SAT-M score of 540 or less are placed in MSD 104. Science majors with an SAT-M score of 540 or less are placed in MTH 100S.   

Scoring thresholds may be adjusted upwards and course requirements may be adjusted by individual college/school Academic Policy Committees.  Students enrolled into MTH 102 will be given a brief test, prepared by the Mathematics Department, during the first five business days of the semester. Those placing below a minimum score set by the Mathematics Department on the test will be required to participate in one hour of structured tutoring1 per week concurrent with taking the course. All others enrolled in the class will be encouraged to participate in tutoring.

In Fall 2017, all MTH 102 sections will be assessed to ascertain the students’ success2.  Based upon this assessment, if the approach outlined above does not result in a success rate at least equivalent to the current success rate of students who passed MTH 100S and subsequently took MTH 102, assessed in Spring 2017, the Mathematics Department will reevaluate this approach and potentially propose revisions to this policy.

Business Students:

• Students with an SAT Math score of 550 taken before March, 2016 or an SAT Math score of 570 taken in March, 2016 or later, or ACT Math score of 23 or higher are placed in Quantitative Methods I  MSD 105 for 3 credits. No placement test is required.

• Students with an SAT Math score of 540 taken before March, 2016 or an SAT Math score of 560 taken in March, 2016 or later, or ACT Math score of 22 or lower are required to take the Math Placement Test.


Footnotes

1

Mandated structured tutoring will:

  • include an embedded tutor in each class section
  • include a one-hour per week group study session
  • impact the student's grade as determined by individual faculty.
2

"Student success" is defined as demonstrating mastery of the following student learning goals:

  • Students will demonstrate a mastery of basic arithmetic and algebra.
  • Students will demonstrate a mastery of the elementary theory of sets, operations on sets, and the interpretation of data available in surveys.
  • Students will demonstrate a well-developed sense of number including prime factorization, greatest common factor, least common multiple and applications to practical problems.
  • By solving unstructured practical problems, students will demonstrate an ability to interpret the information available in the graphs of functions and other representations of mathematical data in the Cartesian plane.
  • Students will demonstrate and apply an ability to connect mathematical concepts to real-world issues.